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Joseph Bridger (abt. 1628 - 1686)

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Col. Joseph Bridger
Born about in Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married about in Virginiamap
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Died in Isle of Wight, Virginiamap
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Col. Joseph Bridger, born Abt. 1628 in 'Woodmancote', Gloucester, England; died 15 Apr 1686 in Isle of Wight Co., VA.[1]


Made his will 18 Oct 1683; probated 8 May 1686. Names: wife Hester; sons: Joseph, Samuel, William; daus: Martha (Godwin), Mary, Elizabeth. By codicil, disinherits son Joseph, "who I finde fly out with divers dissolute courses of life and is grown very disobedient to me." Will witnessed by Col. Robert Pitt. Leg: 1. Wife, Hester. 2. Son, Samuel: land bought of John and William Gatlin whereon John Cooke now lives; also one-half of the plantation at 'Curawoak'. 3. Son, William: land granted me by escheat of 850 acres formerly belonging to Nathan Floyd, except what is disposed of by me to Francis Hobbs, Mrs. Dorothy Bond, and William Blunt; also two tracts taken up by Col. Pitt, Mr. Wm. Burgh, and myself containing 3000 acres, except 600 acres sold to Lt. Col. John Pitt, part of this tract leased by me to Thomas Mandue, Richard Parker, William Worrell, Richard Jones, Thomas Rives, Robert Sturdy, and others; also tract leased to Christopher Wade. 4. Wife, Hester: land on which I now dwell of 850 acres, formerly belonging to Capt. Upton and 300 acres formerly to Mr. Seward on which Mr. Izzard, Ould Phillips, William Lewis live, reversion to son Joseph with half of the tract at 'Curawoak' and a tract at Monokin.

The Bridger house must have been one of the largest of its day in VA. The inventory of the estate lists, "Cellar, kitchen, kitchen chamber, dining room, parlor, hall gallery, landing chamber over dining room, outer chamber, lower chamber, hall chamber, next chamber, middle chamber, middle uppermost chamber, and childrens chamber."

Children of Joseph Bridger and Hester Pitt

i. Martha Bridger, born Bet. 1644 - 1660 in Isle of Wight Co., VA; died Aft. 1714 in (abt. Jul 1715), Nansemond Co., VA; married Thomas Godwin, Jr. Abt. 1679 in Isle of Wight Co., VA; born Bet. 1640 - 1655 in Somerset, England; died Bef. 27 May 1714 in Nansemond Co., VA. Thomas Godwin, Jr.: Family may have come from Somerset, England. Signed a receipt for his wife Martha's share of Bridger estate on 16 Jul 1686. On 19 Dec 1688, Thomas Godwin of Chuckatuck, for 25 pounds sterling, purchased 45 acres from Henry Reeves on the S. side of Chuckatuck Creek and bounded by Thomas Oglethorpe. [Bk. 1, pg. 13] Lived at 'Oldcastle' until they built the home 'Pembroke' in 1705 on the Nansemond River.

ii. Mary Bridger, born Bet. 1645 - 1665 in Isle of Wight Co., VA; married Capt. Richard Tibbott Bef. 1686 in Isle of Wight Co., VA. Capt. Richard Tibbott: Captain of the Ship 'Mary and Anne'. Signed receipt for wife Mary's share of Bridger estate.

iii. Elizabeth Bridger, born Bet. 1648 - 1665 in Isle of Wight Co., VA; died Aft. 10 Jul 1711; married Thomas Lear Abt. 1686 in Isle of Wight Co., VA; born Abt. 1663 in probably Nansemond Co., VA874; died Bef. 21 Nov 1695. Elizabeth Bridger was mentioned in will of Robert Pitt 10 Jul 1711. Thomas Lear: Died before his father, Col. John Lear. Signed receipt for wife Elizabeth's share of Bridger estate.

iv. Hester Bridger, born Bet. 1653 - 1670 in Isle of Wight Co., VA877; died Bef. 1683; married George Williamson in Isle of Wight Co., VA879; born Abt. 1640; died Bef. 28 May 1722 in Isle of Wight Co., VA. George Williamson: Member of the House of Burgesses for Isle of Wight, Sep 1663 and Oct 1666. Made will 13 Jul 1723; probated 29 Oct 1723. George Williamson:Tax Record: Quit Rent, Isle of Wight Co., VA 2735 acres Will proved: 28 May 1722, Isle of Wight Co., VA; Gt. Bk., pg. 118

v. Samuel Bridger, born Bet. 1665 - 1670 in Isle of Wight Co., VA; died Bef. 25 May 1713 in dsp, Isle of Wight Co., VA; married Elizabeth (Webb) (Woory) Godwin 1694 in Isle of Wight Co., VA; born Abt. 1648; died Aft. 5 Apr 1717 in Isle of Wight Co., VA. Samuel Bridger: Inherited from his father, Col. Joseph Bridger, the plantation he bought from John and William Gatlin where John Cooke lives and one-half of the plantation 'Curawaock' of 7800 acres. Justice of Peace, 1695. Colonel of Isle of Wight Co. Militia. On 27 Dec 1701, Samuel Bridger and wife Elizabeth, and Capt. William Bridger and wife Elizabeth, gave to John Mackinihill for love and goodwill, 200 acres (being part of 7,000 acres at Currawaugh). President of the Isle of Wight County Court, 1710. Made his will 22 Apr 1704, probated 25 May 1713. Leg. includes step-son James Webb. [11,7.256] Mentioned in Mar 1713 will of brother Joseph - yields date of death at bet Mar 1713 and May 1713. Tax Record: Quit Rent, Isle of Wight Co., VA 12900 acres (with bro. Wm) Will proved: 25 May 1713, Isle of Wight Co., VA; Bk 2, pg. 564

Elizabeth (Webb) (Woory) Godwin: Widow of:

1. James Webb, d. 1675.
2. Joseph Woory, d. 1694. [W&M Qtrly, vol 7, pg.248]

Elizabeth Bridger made her will, dated 5 Apr 1717; [W&M Qtrly, vol 7, pg.257] recorded 1718 in Isle of Wight Co., VA. Names: daughter Patience Milner and granddaughter Patience Milner; dau. Elizabeth Wilkinson; granddaughters Elizabeth Norsworthy and Martha Norsworthy (daughters of Martha (Webb) Norsworthy, dec'd). Elizabeth (Webb) (Woory) Godwin: Will proved: Isle of Wight Co., VA; Bk 2, pg. 619

vi. Joseph Bridger, Jr., born Bet. 1656 - 1668 in Isle of Wight Co., VA; died Bef. 25 Jun 1713 in Isle of Wight Co., VA; married Elizabeth Norsworthy Bef. 1691 in Isle of Wight Co., VA.

vii. Col. William Bridger, born Abt. 1678 in Isle of Wight Co., VA; died Bef. 23 Nov 1730 in Isle of Wight Co., VA; married Elizabeth Allen Abt. 1701 in probably Isle of Wight Co., VA889; born Bef. 1669 in probably Bacon's Castle, Surry Co., VA890; died Aft. 1717. Col. William Bridger: Recorded 9 Mar 1705, William Bridger of the Upper Parish purchased from Nathaniel Whitby 170 acres in the Upper Parish between the land of Thomas Tooke, Capt. England, Thomas Blake, and Edward Brantley (being land bought by said Whitby from John Witte on 10 Feb 1700, and formally bought by him from Robert Flake, and was originally granted to Maj. Arthur Allen on 20 Oct 1691). [Bk. 2, pg. 73] Vestryman of the Old Brick Church, 1724-1730. Colonel in the Isle of Wight Co. Militia, and a member of the House of Burgesses, 1718. Justice of County of Isle of Wight 10 Apr 1710, from which date of birth is calculated. Mentioned in will of brother Joseph 14 Mar 1713 [11,7.256]. Made will 27 Sep 1730; probated 23 Nov 1730 [11,7.262]. Names: son William, grandson Joseph; son James and his deceased brother Joseph


  1. [[1]]/ref> He was the son of Samuel Bridger and Mary Webb. He married Hester Pitt Bef. 1660 in Isle of Wight Co., VA. Hester Pitt born Abt. 1636 in probably Bristol, England; died Bef. 18 Jan 1711/12 in Isle of Wight Co., VA. She was the daughter of Lt. Col. Robert Pitt and Hester Stevens. Col. Joseph Bridger came to Virginia in 1652 under the auspices of Col. Nathaniel Bacon, with whom he later served as a 'Councillor of State in Virginia to King Charles II '. He soon became one of the most prominent men in the Isle of Wight county, Virginia, carrying out major land deals involving many thousands of acres and building a seventeen roomed brick house. He was a member of the House of Burgesses from Isle of Wight Co. in the 1657-8 session (probably only a few years after his arrival in VA). He was also a member of the house in 1663. His residence was called 'Whitemarsh', probably after the patent he and William Burgh received of 7,800 acres on 7 Jun 1666, "beginning by a White Marsh, a meadow about half a mile from the main run of the Blackwater (River)" (now on Route 620, 'Pan Rd.', in Isle of Wight Co.) This patent was for the transportation of 156 persons (including a Thomas Pitt - probably related to Col. Robert Pitt, and a James Bridger - probably his brother). Colonel Bridger was Adjutant General of the Virginia forces in 1666 and commander of the Isle of Wight militia in the Indian War of 1675. Colonel Bridger was a supporter of Govenor Berkeley during Bacon's Rebellion in 1676 and was denounced in Bacon's Proclamation of 1676. (Both the Colonel and the Govenor fled to Virginia's Eastern Shore during the rebellion.) However when King Charles sent over commissioners to report on Governor Berkeley's rule, Sir John Berry names among the eminent sufferers by Bacon's Rebellion Col. Joseph Bridger, "a very Resolute gentleman, who, though forced to fly in the heat of war from his own countrie, yet on his Return was very Active and Instrumental in reducing to their obedience the South parte of James River". Received land grant of 432 acres in Surry Co., VA in 1673 [Patent Bk. #6]. Deeded land by John Perry, son of Phillip Perry of Whitemarsh, in 1673. [W&M Qtrly vol 7, pg 229]. Will proved: 8 May 1686, Isle of Wight Co., VA Will proved: 1711, Joseph Bridger listed as son and heir of Hester Bridger


    Saint Lukes Cemetery, Smithfield Isle of Wight Virginia. 'Whitemarsh', later moved to the Old Brick Church, Smithfield, Virginia Military: Isle of Wight Militia, Col.

    "Buried in the Chancel of St. Luke's Church. Old St. Luke's, originally known as the "Old Brick Church" of Newport Parish, is the oldest existing Church of English foundation in this country and the nation's only surviving original Gothic building. The Church is dated as having been begun in 1632. It is located on route 10, about 4 miles south of Smithfield, Virginia. Colonel Joseph Bridger, who was long associated with St. Luke's brought over from England members of the Driver family to do the "finishing" work inside the Church. He was given much acknowledgement for the important contribution he made in completing the Church. Joseph Bridger was first buried on his farm "Whitemarsh", and later his remains were moved into the Church and marked by a marble tombstone located in the chancel.

    "Sacred to ye memory of the Honble Joseph Bridger Esq. Councelr of State of Virginia to King Charles ye 2nd. Dying April 15, A.D. 1686. Aged 58 years; Mournfully left His wife, 3 sons & 4 daughters." Also buried in the chancel, and beside the remains of Joseph Bridger is: Anne Randall who departed this life the 23 day Anno. Dom. 1696."<ref>[[]]</li></ol></ref>

See also:

  1. The Heritage Lady Joseph Bridger
  2. Source: S-560787122 Repository: #R-1048724813 Title: Millennium File Author: Heritage Consulting Publication: Operations Inc APID: 1,7249::0
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  4. Source: S-563807882 Repository: #R-1048724813 Title: U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Author: Yates Publishing Publication: Operations Inc APID: 1,7836::0


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On 14 Aug 2018 at 22:08 GMT David Hughey Ph.D. wrote:

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